Cool & Wet Memorial Day Weekend, With Snow Possible Sunday

Category: Weather

It has been cold and wet over the past week.  We have seen several systems drop snow on the mountain.  We have seen up to 33 inches of snow on the upper mountain so far this month, mostly over the last 7 days.  That is more snow than they saw in April.  We have a shot at seeing several more inches this weekend.

The Weekend Forecast:

The trough over the West has kept moisture and instability over the area with showers popping up, mainly in the afternoons.  That will continue into Saturday.  Snow levels for Friday are above 9,000 feet and may lower closer to 8,000 feet under any heavier showers for Saturday.  The winds look fairly light on the mountain.  Highs into the 50's at the base and 40's on the upper mountain.

Sunday is the day to watch.  A cold low-pressure system will drop down through CA from the north Saturday night into Sunday night.  That could bring some steadier precipitation and colder air.  Snow levels could lower to near 7,000 feet by Sunday morning and hover there through the day.  Possibly even lowering to 6,500 feet under heavier showers as the core of the low moves through.  That means we could see accumulating snow on the mountain for Sunday into Sunday night above 7,000 feet.

Based on the latest model runs we could see 3-6 inches of snow on the mountain above 7,000 feet.  Under the heavier bands of snow above 8,000 feet, we could see up to 9 inches reported by Monday morning.  So be prepared for cold and snowy conditions for Sunday.  Winds don't look that strong with gusts up to 40 mph up high.  The highs dip on Sunday into the 30's on the mountains and 40's at the base.  

For Memorial Day, we could continue the showery weather as the trough hangs back over the West.  The temperatures warm back into the 40's and 50's with snow levels rising back above 8,000 feet.


The showery weather pattern could continue with a better chance for clear skies in the mornings and showers in the afternoons through the end of next week.  Highs should continue to warm next week with temperatures into the 50's in the upper elevations and 60's at the base.  The snow levels should also rise above 9,000 feet for any showers.

High pressure may finally build in over the West Coast going into June.